15 February 2007
Thousands of council officers will be on the streets this summer, patrolling bars, restaurants and shops to police
Councils have been granted £29.5 million to pay for staff, who will be able to issue £50 fines to people and take court action against premises if they flout the law, which comes into force in July.
In Liverpool, there will be a core team of about 20 to 25 staff, although around 200 staff are expected to patrol the city in the first few days after the ban.
Liverpool City Council official Andy Hull told the BBC: “We want to make our presence felt from the start, and while we will probably just issue warnings on the first day, we won’t be afraid of making an example of people or businesses if they try to make a stand.”
This smoking ban is a pile of shit. I can understand banning smoking from public buildings, but in private establishments like pubs, it should be up to the owner to allow or ban smoking.
What a joke. Almost £30,000,000 of taxpayers money so we can have a load of jobsworthy twats sneaking around pubs spying on us and hitting us with fines if we happen to dare smoke a cigarette. And this is meant to be a free country? You can almost sense the civil servants drooling at the idea of more powers to fine and belittle the public. All for our own good, apparently.
What a joke. A time-traveler from Britain in the 1950s would piss themselves with laughter at seeing what a nanny state this ruined shell of a country has become.
posted by Duncan Idaho @ 7:29 PM
At 9:40 PM, Field Marshall Watkins said…
It’s all about the nanny state. Govt. views the people as unable to look after themselves, so they believe they need to control us completely.
Powerless, apathetic, brain dead and obedient little drones they want us to be.
Duncan, there’s a series of documentaries called ‘The Century of Self’ (4 part – google video) it’s enlightening stuff. About Govt. and big business using psy-ops to control and manipulate the masses.
Stupid fuckers. I don’t smoke myself so I don’t care about it practically, but in principle it’s about freedom to make choices, and they’re just throwing more of our taxes at it like it’s going out of fashion.
The UK is a shit hole. Marxist Govt. on one side, FemMedia/ feminists and various other cunt organisations on the other. Over priced, men are undervalued. It’s dirty, stinks (even with skanks keeping their legs closed). We should be able to choose what things our taxes go on. Oh wait, that would involve the people having some sort of freedom.
Can’t have that now….
At 1:04 AM, darkbhudda said…
Same thing is happening in Oz. Now they have the power to issue on the spot fines without any proof. You have to go to court to prove you’re innocent.
At 1:37 AM, Rob Fedders said…
They pulled this shit on us in my province several years ago. They did it under the guise of second hand smoke & worker safety.
Restaurants & pubs nearly went broke. I’m not kidding. Pretty much every establishment was completely empty – every night! People just drank at home. Some pubs thumbed their noses at the government and charged customers to rent an ashtray & then threw the money into a kitty to pay the perpetual fines they recieved & one guy who owned a pub was just fucking brilliant and required his waitresses to wear a new uniform – which was a gas mask, Lol! That was hilarious!
Eventually, after nearly bankrupting all of the Pubs & eateries in British Columbia, the gov’t re-changed the law & allowed smoking sections if they were sealed off with gov’t standard ventilation & employees signing waivers that they are willing to work in such an environment – of course, if they won’t you’d get your ass sued off if you showed any favouritism to an employee who would work in the smoking room. (= More gov’t non-essential taxing/hampering of business, fuckers)
So… now you walk into a pub and 3/4 of it is empty while 100 people are packed into the usually standing room only smoking section. Even most non-smokers want to be in the smoking room because thats where the action always is – or maybe its where the “cool” people hang out or something. But with no smoking in the pubs, EVERYONE quit going to the pub for a while & house-parties made a resounding come-back until the law was changed.
Good move, gov’t. If there was such a demand for this kind of thing, then free enterprise would have filled it on their own accord in an effort to chase profits.
The same way that, since I am a smoker, when I walk into a new pub & they don’t have a smoking section, I leave and go elsewhere (and I tell them why).
If it were only so easy to express your opinion and pull your support from the meddling stunned fuckers in government!
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous said…
I’m going to start putting the symbol of Satan on government signs, currency, IRS tax forms, and puppet media publications.
Maybe people will get the message.
State = Satan
At 7:06 PM, arnold ziffel said…
A lot of people already think
State = Santa.
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous said…
State = Santa
Santa is an anagram of Satan. LOL.
At 9:17 PM, Anonymous said…
Santa is just Satan misspelled. That’s why those who think the State = Santa (socialists) end up living in Hell.
At 1:58 AM, Panzer said…
What a bunch of shit. We have had these laws here in the states for years(along with increased taxes on tobacco products). All under the noble cause to reduce health problems and or deaths due to second hand smoke. Hey assholes, why not start with the cars, trains, planes, factories, and coal power plants that spew smoke into the air by the mega-ton each day. I dont think cigarette smoke causes the smog problem in Los Angeles.
Fucking morons. Oh yea, shouldn’t smoke in bars, pubs, or nightclubs, some people dont want to put their health at risk. Hey fuckheads, alcohol is a poison, instead of possibly damaging your lungs you could maybe fry your liver. Did these idiots ever think of that? I didnt think so.
Heres an idea, when these government twerps start passing out fines to people who want to express their freedom to conduct their lives the way they want to, kick them in the groin and pin the ticket right to their fucking forehead!
At 9:44 PM, Hero said…
Don’t people use illegal drugs in the U.K.? Shouldn’t the government be going after them first?